Sustainable Skaneateles

Looking Ahead: is the past defining our future? Lecture Series


Flash Paddle

Flash Paddle

paddlers with signature 2Sustainable Skaneateles and partnering organizations including the Skaneateles Lake Association (SLA), EarthWorks, Climate Change Awareness and Action and North End Outdoors are “Taking it to the Lake” on 9/9 at 9:00 am for the First Annual “Skaneateles Lake Flash Paddle”.  Anyone with a paddle or oar powered watercraft is encouraged to participate – there’s no charge.  This event is being organized by local organizations to raise awareness about protecting our lake.

Skaneateles Lake is an unfiltered drinking water source for about 220,000 households, including much of Syracuse and the surrounding communities of Skaneateles, Elbridge and Jordan and serves as a recreational resource for swimming, fishing and boating. Invasive species, silt, nutrients and pesticides, as well as blue-green algae threaten the quality of our water. Awareness is the first step to ensuring we all work towards taking actions to protect this critical resource as both a drinking water source and a recreational gem.

Details can be found on this websites Event Page.

Food & Film

Food&Film SustSKan Poster-2

3rd Annual ReBike, Saturday June 4

Third Annual RE-Bike!

Back by popular demand, Sustainable Skaneateles’ “Re-Bike” event will return for the third year to the Austin Park Pavilion on Saturday June 4, 2016, from 9 am to 1 pm. This family-oriented event will again feature person-to-person bicycle sales or swaps, and a Bike Rodeo for kids in grades 1 through 5.

“Our Re-Bike has become an annual event now,” says event organizer and cycling enthusiast Dave Middleton. “We hope to see many new families and individuals, as well as returning bicyclists. Everyone who shopped for new wheels– adults and kids alike– really appreciated the chance to try out the bikes by riding around inside the Arena.”

Anyone who has a bicycle they no longer use — whether adult or kid-size– is encouraged to bring that equipment to Austin Park Pavilion on the morning of the Re-bike, where they can offer it for sale or swap on whatever terms they choose. “Obviously, the more bikes people bring to sell or swap, the better the chances that other folks will find something they want or need,” says Middleton. Bike equipment and gently-used clothing are also welcome. There is no admission fee or other charge for participating in the Re-bike.

There will also be a Rules-of-the-Road Review and a Bike Rodeo for kids in grades 1-5 starting at 10 am. Children must have their own bikes and helmets to participate in the Rodeo. At the end of the event, any bikes that are no longer wanted may be donated to become part of the CNY Family Bike Giveaway at Christmastime.

Contact person(s): Dave Middleton       315- 604- 2137

ReBike Flyer 2016


From Our Farmers to Your Table

Sustainable Skaneateles and the Skaneateles Farmers Market invite you to meet the market farmers. Learn why local food sources are healthier and a more sustainable choice for your family and our planet. If you purchase food at our local farmer’s market you are supporting local farms, buying fresher fruits and veggies and connecting with the community. Our Market Vendors will be available to share with you their produce growing stories and what they “literally” bring to your table.

“From Our Farmers to Your Table” will take place on Tuesday, May 10th at 7 pm, at the Skaneateles High School Library,   This event is free and open to the public.  Those that attend will be entered into a Market Basket drawing.

The mission of Sustainable Skaneateles is to foster action, communication, education, and collaboration to achieve a sustainable community for current and future generations. Our theme for 2016 is “Sustainable Food”. In addition to our “From our Farmers to Your Table” event we are lining up additional activities during the growing season to promote sustainable food, including a “Food and Film” Series with the Auburn Public Theater (APT) and a Community Pot Luck Supper.



Explore Our Energy Future

The Skaneateles Village Hall will be participating in the Explore Our Energy Future Day.  On Sat., Apr. 23, 2016, from 11 am to 3 pm,  clean energy sites will be open for the public to visit for free.  To see all the sites which will be featured check out the Map.  For additional information visit the Climate Change Awareness and Action website.


Solarize Workshop to be held September 30 in Skaneateles


Free Solarize CNY Workshop

“Solarize CNY”, the Town of Skaneateles, and Sustainable Skaneateles invite the community to attend a Solarize CNY workshop to be held Wednesday, September 30 from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Skaneateles Fire Department, 77 West Genesee Street, Skaneateles. The workshop provides information on NYS incentives, which encourage adoption of clean, sustainable energy for homeowners, businesses, landlords, farms, and non-profits. This free community education workshop will help people familiarize themselves with the benefits of solar energy and the bulk purchasing discounts that are offered through the program.

Why attend a Solarize CNY Workshop?

Find out more about how solar systems work and how you can benefit from the assistance of the Solarize campaign. Learn about costs, financing, and the viability of solar for your home or business. Take advantage of the Solarize campaign’s pre-qualified installers, selected through a competitive process based on quality, service and equipment.

Solarize CNY representatives and partner installers will be available at the workshop to help answer any questions that you might have. Workshop attendees will also have the opportunity to enroll in a free-no-obligation site assessment to determine whether your site is suitable for Solar Power and how much you can save if you make the switch to solar.

How does the Solarize CNY campaign Work?

The Solarize campaign combines the purchasing power of our community to negotiate a reduced price for individual solar installations. This reduced price, when combined with state and federal tax credits and state incentives, makes solar power more affordable than ever!

The Solarize CNY Campaign is based on the success of last year’s Solarize Syracuse campaign — which more than doubled the number of solar installations in Syracuse and selected suburbs.

To find out more about the Solarize CNY program please visit:



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